Fans express different opinions on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off


Carolyn Zhang

Junior Sofia Velasquez expresses her excitement for the new movie. She said she enjoyed the original Harry Potter series.

The wizarding world of Harry Potter is coming back to the big screen. Well, sort of. An offshoot of the Harry Potter world, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” will premiere tomorrow. The movie, which will feature a new storyline, setting and cast, will be based on a Hogwarts textbook from the Harry Potter universe. It will be the first of five total movies in the series. However, few elements will remain from the original series, which puts some fans in a difficult position. Should they hold onto the remnants of Harry Potter or embrace the new world of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”?

Some have readily accepted the shift. Sofia Velasquez, Harry Potter fan and junior, said, “I will always love the Harry Potter universe, but I will gladly watch anything else written by J.K. Rowling too.”

She said she thinks this film will be a success like the original Harry Potter series.

“Harry Potter fans are loyal and will go see the new movie and the younger generation will be drawn in by the magic too,” Velasquez said.

However, other fans are having a more difficult time accepting this new world separate from Harry Potter.

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-12-04-56-pm“I can’t imagine Hogwarts without Harry Potter. Maybe this movie will be okay, but without the original cast I doubt it,” Isabel “Izzy” Weber, Harry Potter fan and sophomore, said.

This idea of limited excitement for the new movie has been echoed by others as well.

According to Jennifer Ellery, Harry Potter fan and social studies teacher, fans should temper expectations for the upcoming movie.

“People need to understand that this movie will be totally different from the originals. I’m still excited, but I’m not expecting another Harry Potter movie,” said Ellery.

On the other hand, many agree “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be a box office success.

According to Ellery, there is such a vast amount of original Harry Potter fans that the quality of the new movie will have no effect on the revenue of the movie.

Emma Toomey, Harry Potter fan and junior said, “People will go see the movie no matter what.”

However, regardless of opinion, the buzz surrounding “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has been palpable.

Weber said, “My friends and I are certainly excited for more wizardry in theaters, even if it’s without Harry Potter.”